Free software on Windows (was: Re: about

João Miguel Neves joao at
Wed Oct 31 17:27:15 UTC 2001

On Wed, 2001-10-31 at 14:00, David Mentre wrote:
> Josef Dalcolmo <dalcolmo at> writes:
> > My point is: it would be great if the whole GNU/Linux system would be ported 
> > to Windows: Linux as a program running in Windows. That should be possible, 
> > just like any other port to a new machine, and would immediately allow access 
> > to the whole rich world of Linux applications. As a next step, cut-and-paste 
> > between Windows and Linux could be implemented making this a wonderful 
> > solution to benefit of many free software solutions.
> As far as I remembered, RMS was against porting free software on
> proprietary OS. If I remember correctly, the argument was: "Don't
> improve proprietary OS with our free software".
I can understand that, but like it's normal with free software, someone
found the need to do it and cygwin was born. You can check it out at My use of cygwin was always to
overcome windows limitations when I was forced to use windows
(fortunately that doesn't happen any more and all my computer has is
free software, hopefully - sometimes debian maintainers forget to check
if the license is free...).

						Joao Miguel Neves

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